|Publication number||US8104815 B2|
|Application number||US 13/114,367|
|Publication date||Jan 31, 2012|
|Filing date||May 24, 2011|
|Priority date||Dec 27, 2007|
|Also published as||CN101470083A, CN101470083B, DE102008064524A1, US7984940, US20090167042, US20110220801|
|Publication number||114367, 13114367, US 8104815 B2, US 8104815B2, US-B2-8104815, US8104815 B2, US8104815B2|
|Inventors||Zhiqiang Chen, Hua Peng, Shangmin Sun, Quanwei Song, Jinning Liang|
|Original Assignee||Nuctech Company Limited, Tsinghua University|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (56), Classifications (6), Legal Events (1)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This application is a divisional application of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 12/317,622 filed on Dec. 24, 2008, now U.S. Pat. No. 7,984,940 which claims priority to Chinese Application No. 200710304375.7, filed Dec. 27, 2007, the entirety of each of which is herein incorporated by reference.
The present invention relates to the technical field of radiation detection, and more particularly, to an arm-folding mechanism for use in a vehicle-mounted radiation imaging system.
Security inspection is of great significance in the fields of anti-terrorism and the fight against drug trafficking and smuggling, etc. People have been paying much more attention to security inspection on civil aviation since the U.S. Sep. 11, 2001 attacks. With the comprehensive development of the fight against drug trafficking and smuggling, the requirement for the inspection of air container and railway baggage etc. is much more stringent.
With reference to
The generator cabin 41 is close to the driving cab 42. An accelerator is located at the position of a passage formed by the unfolded vertical detection arm and the main arm frame so as to carry out radiation imaging detection, so the control cabin 40 is close to the accelerator, resulting in a harmful influence of radiation to an operator. The generator cabin 41 is not a human-operating area, so the generator cabin 41 configured to have a low area has no other defects except the complexity in production. However, in order to achieve a certain radiation protection level, the design of the system consequentially makes the control cabin 40 in the status of detection closer to the accelerator so that the walls and top of the control cabin need more anti-radiation materials. Hence, the load of the vehicle-mounted system is increased, the adaptability of the vehicle-mounted system to the vehicle load limitation regulations of each country is reduced, and the cost of production is increased.
When the arm-folding mechanism is in use, the folded arm-folding mechanism firstly needs to be rotated, within a plane that is parallel to the ground surface, about 90° from the vehicle body so that the arm-folding mechanism is substantially perpendicular to the traveling direction of the vehicle, and then the vertical detection arm is rotated downwards about 90° so that the vertical detection arm is substantially perpendicular to the main arm frame as well as the ground surface, as shown in
Embodiments of the present invention provide an arm-folding mechanism usable in a vehicle-mounted radiation imaging system. Positions of a generator cabin and a control cabin are exchanged, thereby protecting the operator from radiation while reducing the use of the anti-radiation material. Meanwhile, the arm-folding mechanism is also advantageous in avoiding limiting the moving space of the operator caused by the occupation of some space to the cabin, so that the operator can comfortably work in the control cabin.
Additionally, it is known by those skilled in the art that the weight of the vehicle-mounted detection system is always an important index restricting its development, and a comparatively lighter vehicle weight and axle load will make it adaptable to requirements of regulations of more countries. The position of the generator cabin is exchanged with the position of the control cabin of the vehicle-mounted detection system by moving the control cabin forward such that the amount of anti-radiation material used in the control cabin is greatly reduced, and therefore, the weight of the control cabin is reduced. However, since the main arm frame occupies some space of the control cabin, a part of the top of the control cabin, after being moved forward, must sink downwards, which causes the moving space of the operator to be diminished and the difficulty in processing the cabin increased. This shortcoming is also overcome by the arm-folding mechanism of the present invention.
In the arm-folding mechanism of the present invention, the control cabin is positioned forward on the condition that the spatial dimension of the control cabin is unchanged, and a part of the top of the control cabin does not need to sink, which reduces the difficulty in processing the equipment room
Thus, an object of the present invention is to provide an improved arm-folding mechanism for use in a vehicle-mounted imaging system with regard to the aforesaid shortcomings in the prior art, the arm-folding mechanism allows a hinged portion of the main arm frame to be located on a higher plane on the top of the control cabin, such that the moving space for the operator is increased to provide a more comfortable environment for the operator. The cost and difficulty of processing the cabin is decreased because the arm-folding mechanism allows the control cabin to be exchanged with the generator cabin without diminishing the dimension of the control cabin such that the anti-radiation material used in the control cabin is greatly reduced and further the on-board weight is lightened.
It is another object of the present invention to provide a novel arm-folding mechanism that reduces the self weight of a conventional arm-folding mechanism.
It is a further object of the present invention to provide an improved arm-folding mechanism for use in a vehicle-mounted imaging system in order to realize the folding and unfolding of the vertical detection arm in a new manner and ensure the posture of the vertical detection arm when in the status of detection.
It is another object of the present invention to provide an vehicle-mounted imaging system having the arm-folding mechanism of the present invention, where, viewed from the traveling direction of the vehicle, the generator cabin is behind the control cabin which is close to the driving cab, and the top of the control cabin and the top of the generator cabin can be a single plane structure.
The above objects of the present invention are achieved by the technical solutions described below.
In an example embodiment of the present invention, an arm-folding mechanism for use in a vehicle-mounted radiation imaging system is provided. The vehicle includes a vehicle body behind a driving cab. The vehicle body includes a generator cabin and a control cabin. The arm-folding mechanism includes a vertical detection arm, a main arm frame, and a hinged mechanism hingedly connecting the vertical detection arm with the main arm frame. The hinged mechanism includes: a first connection arrangement having a free end and a fixed end fixedly connected with or integral with the main arm frame; a second connection arrangement fixedly connected with the vertical detection arm; and an intermediate arrangement connecting the first connection arrangement with the second connection arrangement so that the vertical detection arm can rotate relative to the main arm frame. The bottom of the first connection arrangement is at the same level as or above the bottom of the main arm frame.
In a preferred example embodiment, viewed from a working position, the first connection arrangement is close to a front side of the main arm frame.
In a preferred example embodiment, the intermediate arrangement includes a subsidiary arm frame and a revolving axle fixedly connected to each other.
In a preferred example embodiment, the subsidiary arm frame includes a fixed flange connected with the vertical detection arm and an axle sleeve fixedly connected with the revolving axle.
In a preferred example embodiment, at an end of the revolving axle of the subsidiary arm frame aligned with the fixed flange is provided a flange for securing the vertical detection arm and a bearing axle carrying the vertical detection arm and embedded in a hole of the end.
In a preferred example embodiment, the axle sleeve can be divided into upper and lower half axle sleeves detachably connected, the upper half axle sleeve being connected with or integral with the body of the subsidiary arm frame, a slot simultaneously being axially arranged on the outer diameter of the revolving axle and having the same length as the axial length of the axle sleeve such that the upper and lower half axle sleeves are embedded in the slot by a fastening arrangement.
In a preferred example embodiment, in a working status, the second connection arrangement is a protruding structure extending from the vertical detection arm to the main arm frame and beyond the width of the vertical detection arm, whereby the size of the detection passage is guaranteed.
An example embodiment of the present invention is directed to a vehicle-mounted radiation imaging system that uses the arm-folding mechanism of the present invention.
In a preferred example embodiment, the control cabin is adjacent to the driving cab, and the generator cabin is behind the control cabin.
In a preferred example embodiment, the top of the control cabin is a flat-top structure, and the space of the control cabin is suitable for operators to operate therein.
Some beneficial effects provided by the example embodiments of the present invention are as follows.
In order to describe the technical solution provided by the present invention more clearly and explicitly, the present invention will be described in detail with reference to the following preferred embodiments and the accompanying drawings.
“Front” and “back,” referred to hereinafter, are terms relative to a forward traveling direction A of the vehicle 600. “Above” and “under” indicate relative positions in a height direction of the vehicle, where the bottom of the vehicle is the side of the vehicle closest to the ground when the vehicle is in a traveling position, and the top of the vehicle is the side of the vehicle furthest from the ground when the vehicle is in a traveling position.
Additionally, in the present description, “left side of the vehicle body” and “right side of the vehicle body” are the left side and right side of a viewer when looking at the vehicle while standing in front of the head of the vehicle when in a stationary state.
The improvement to the first connection arrangement over the prior art can be clearly seen from
An intermediate arrangement 300 as shown in
As can be recognized in
In the vehicle-mounted radiation imaging system 1000 using this kind of arm-folding mechanism 100, the control cabin 40 is preferably moved forward and adjacent to the driving cab 42.
Those skilled in the art can appreciate from the foregoing description that the present invention may be implemented in a variety of forms, that the various embodiments may be implemented alone or in combination, and that the above described example embodiments are not used for limiting the present invention. Therefore, while the embodiments of the present invention have been described in connection with particular examples thereof, the true scope of the embodiments of the present invention should not be so limited since other modifications will become apparent to the skilled practitioner upon a study of the drawings, specification, and following claims. Many duplicate and alternative solutions will be apparent to those skilled in the art in light of the disclosed content of the present application and should fall within the protection scope of the present invention.
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